A number of Superstars appeared in movies while Vince McMahon was WWE Chairman, but seemingly only when he felt the time was right.
While Dwayne Johnson split his time between wrestling and launching a movie career in the early 2000’s, it appears that McMahon hadn’t always been keen on his stars having that kind of schedule. Speaking during an episode of his Kliq This podcast, Kevin Nash recently revealed that McMahon blocked an apperance in the movie Striptease due to the impact filming would have on his schedule.
Vince McMahon Blocked Kevin Nash Movie Appearance
Although Nash had already appeared n movies and TV shows by the time 1996 rolled around these had been before he joined the WWF in 1993. However, Nash still had an eye on a career in films and read for one of the lead roles in Striptease. Nash claimed that he impressed at the audition, but McMahon quickly stopped him going any further, his role eventually going to Ving Rhames.
“I read for the movie Striptease, and I nailed it. I found out later on that they were very interested in using me, and Vince said, ‘No way. You’re not taking him for that long.’ So Vin Grimes (?) got the part. He killed it,”
Striptease was released in June 1996, with leading-lady Demi Moore being paid a reported $12.5 million which was a record at the time. Unfortunately for those involved the movie was widely panned upon it’s release.
Wrestlers-turned-actors have been in the news in recent days following claims from director Rian Johnson that Batista is the best ever. Speaking after the release of his latest offering featuring Batista, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Johnson revealed that he felt the star had surpassed the likes of The Rock and John Cena.
H/t to Fightful